Monday, April 27, 2009

LOT 412: Antique Incense Burner

When I first learned of Mr. Ryersson’s knack for unearthing unique and desirable “Arcanifacts,” I instantly realized that I must commission him for a piece to add to my own antiquarian collection. Having shared countless fascinating conversations with Scot through the years, many of our darkest whisperings inevitably led to continued speculations mired in the unfortunate events surrounding the demise of our late great friend and colleague, Dr. Julian Karswell. Whether actually struck by a train (as police reports have concluded), or destroyed by some terrible thing of his own design, it seemed only natural (or supernatural) that the first treasure for Scot to acquire for me should come from Karswell’s rightfully maligned, blackened estate.

-Stephen Banes (St Louis, MO)

Incense burner, instruction packet and matchbox

Burner opened to show incense grains and demon claw

Rune parchment found hidden in matchbox!

Lot 412 Instructions

Lot 412 catalog page from Karswell estate auction

Another page from Karswell estate auction catalog

(Lot 412 images taken from the private collection of the late Stephen Banes, who was found horribly mutilated on the morning of April 27th, 2009 and under mysterious circumstances, not at all unlike that of Dr. Julian Karswell.)


An account of the final days of Dr. Julian Karswell can be found in the M. R. James’ short story, Casting the Runes (click HERE), and also made into a moving picture in 1957 called Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon.) More information can be found HERE.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Welcome to Arcanifacts

Note: Scot D. Ryersson is now accepting private commissions. You may reach him via e-mail at:

Several choice examples of Ryersson’s Arcanifacts:

Bronze foot from the Bloody Countess’ bathtub

Shards from the Mad Hatter’s tea cup

Sweeney Todd’s shaving brush & Mrs. Lovett’s pastry crimper

Fourrure de Loup-garou